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How to get from Split to Hvar Island?
Hvar Island is one of the most popular party islands in the world, but world-class clubs are only one of the many great things you can enjoy on Hvar Island.
Hvar is a beautiful blend of culture, tradition, Venetian architecture, and Greek agriculture. It’s hard to pick which part we like best! From its picturesque lavender fields to the ancient fortresses, there is so much to explore on Hvar Island.
The most common jumpoff point to reach Hvar Island is with the ferry from Split. The island itself though has a few entry points: Hvar town, Stari Grad, and Jelsa.
Before you leave Split
Are you a big fan of Games of Thrones? Then it’s probably no news to you that several scenes of this series were shot in the city of Split. With a Games of Thrones tour you will not just get a tour of the city. The guide will reveal you some interesting insights about the series and show you places where the series was filmed, including the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace.
And if it’s not on your bucket list yet: The Krka waterfalls are one of Europe’s most beautiful waterfalls and are located just 1.5 hours drive from Split. A taxi is unfortunately very pricy, but there are cheaper options available. This popular full-day tour takes you to Krka National Park for just €27, including a stop in the small town of Primosten. This town offers a great beach where, unlike the KrKa waterfalls, you can take a refreshing dip in the water.
How to get from Split to Hvar? The best way to travel the 60km distance from Split to Hvar is a 50 minute ferry with fares from 135 KN (€18). Other options are a 1-hour-10-minute private transfer, an 8 to 11-hour day or night trip, a 2.5-hour ferry and car via Stari Grad, and a 2-hour ferry and taxi via Jelsa. Rates range from 289 KN (€38) to 2,830 KN (€378).
The high-speed ferry of Kapetan Luka is our recommended option to get from Split to Hvar if you don’t travel by car. If you book online, you are guaranteed a place and you do not have to wait an hour in the blazing sun for a ticket. The fast ferry from Kapetan Luka takes you to Hvar in 50 minutes and a ticket costs 135 KN (€18).
Important note: Due to the COVID pandemic, boat capacities are restricted. We recommend to book your boat tickets at least 3-5 days in advance.
Another alternative is the ferry from Jadrolinija. However, please note hat a ticket with Jadrolinija does not guarantee a seat on the boat. Since they work with a full=full system, it may just be that you cannot go with the desired boat and therefore have to wait for the next boat. Tickets cost 110 KN (€15) for the 1-2 hour cruise.
Are you traveling by car? The only way to enter Hvar is through Stari Grad. This town on Hvar Island is the oldest town in Croatia and is located about 20 km northeast of the town of Hvar. At first glance this also seems like a cheap option for foot passengers, but keep in mind that this car ferry arrives in Stari Grad. Tickets for this ferry cost 47 KN (€6.50) per person and 310 KN (€41) for the car. If you are not traveling by car, taxi fares to Hvar Town start from 250 KN (€33).
Another possibility to reach the island of Hvar via the north coast is via the town of Jelsa. Tickets for this ferry from Split to Jelsa cost only 55 KN (€7.50), but the taxi ride to Hvar Town costs at least 370 KN (€50). This option is only worth considering if the direct ferries to Hvar town are fully booked.
A private transfer to Hvar Island is very convenient if you’re coming from Split Airport and are travelling with a group. It includes a minivan and motorboat ride reserved just for your group. You can get a private transfer for 2,830 KN (€378) for a group of up to 7 persons.
Organized tours to Hvar Island
If staying a few days’ on the island of Hvar is difficult to fit into your holiday, there is still the option to visit Hvar as a day trip from Split.
Prepare yourself though, with a full day tour your day will be packed to get to see the most of Hvar and the surroundings. You will depart from Split in the early morning and make a stop at the various highlights during the day. Day tours from Split cost around 100 euros per person, including entrance to the famous “Blue Caves”.
Do you plan on visiting Hvar for just a day or a night? You can choose from a number of organized tours from Split to Hvar Island. Day trips take around 11 hours with rates from 680 KN (€96). If partying is your thing, you can join an 8-hour night tour with rates from 605 KN (€80).
The fastest and easiest way for foot passengers to get from Split to Hvar town is with the high-speed ferry of Kapetan Luka or ferry of Jadrolinija.
Book your ferry ticket in advance
For one of the most popular routes in Croatia, boat tickets for the route from Split to Hvar sell out quickly. Given the recent travel easings in Europe, Croatia has become a very popular holiday destination (particularly Split and Zdar).
Because Split became so popular this summer, we recommend that you reserve your tickets online 3-5 days in advance. If you book with BookAway you can still cancel your tickets free of charge up to 24 hours before departure.
Prefer to buy your ticket at the harbour? In that case, line up at the port at least an hour before departure if you travel in high season (June-Sept). It is also useful to go to the ticket office early in the morning. If you can’t board on your desired ferry, you can always take the next one to Hvar. However, keep in mind that waiting in line for an hour in the blazing sun is no fun (been there done that).
Highspeed ferry of Kapetan Luka (Krilo)
We prefer the fast ferry of Kapetan Luka (Krilo) as it is a comfortable ferry that brings you from Split to Hvar Island in only 50 minutes.
The Kapetan Luka ferry has 5 departures per day to Hvar Island, giving you several options in the morning as well in the afternoon. Tickets can be booked online with BookAway. They also offer free cancellation up to 24 hours before departure for this route.
Another option is the ferry from Jadrolinija. This one takes a little longer and comes with a little less luxury, but is also a few euros cheaper. Tickets start from 110 KN (€15) for the 1-2 hour journey.
Note: Although you can book tickets for Jadrolinija online, this does not guarantee a place on the boat you have booked. When you travel with Jadrolinija, the rule full=full applies. We therefore recommend queuing at least an hour before the departure time and taking one of the early departures. If you miss the boat you have booked, you can always take a later boat.
However, nobody feels like waiting half a day in the blazing sun for your boat. That is why we recommend that you spend a few euros more on Kapetan Luka’s fast boat, which guarantees a place on board.
The ferries from Split to Hvar depart from the Split Ferry Port, which is just within walking distance from most hotels in the city centre. They dock at the Harbour of Hvar in Riva.
Fewer ferries operate from Split to Hvar in winter so make sure to double-check schedules a day or two prior to your trip. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, we highly suggest booking beforehand with BookAway.
When you want to get from Split to Hbar during winter, it’s worth noting that ferries aren’t allowed to sail during severe weather conditions. No need to worry about that from May through November though, as blue skies and warm weather prevail. On the chance that your ferry cannot sail to Hvar Island, you will have the option to take the next available ferry or receive a full refund.
Ferry from Split to Hvar via Stari Grad (car ferry)
Duration: 2.5 hours Cost: 47 KN (€6,50) pp + 310 KN (€41) per car
If you want to get from Split to Hvar with your car, than the direct ferry from Split to Hvar town is not an option.
Instead, you can take the car ferry from Split to Stari Grad, located on the Hvar Island’s northern coast. From there, you can travel 20km by land to Hvar town centre.
Step 1: Split to Stari Grad by Car Ferry
Duration: 2 hour Cost: 39 KN (€5) per adult 250 KN (€33) per car
If you travel by car ferry from Split to Hvar, you will dock in Stari Grad.
The ferry ticket from Split to Stari Grad costs 47KN (€6.50) per adult and 310 KN (€41) for a small car. This rate applies to a car less than 5m in length. For more vehicle prices, we recommend that you consult the Jadrolinija website.
The journey time from Split to Stari Grad takes approximately 2 hours. This longer travel time is because the car ferry is considerably larger and cannot sail as fast as, compared to the fast ferry to Hvar town for example.
Hvar town is 20km away from Stari Grad. To get there, you’ll need to drive southwest for around 25 minutes.
For foot passengers: Stari Grad to Hvar Town by Taxi or Bus
Duration: 30 minutes Cost: 250 KN (€33)
If you’re taking this ferry route not because you are travelling by car, but because the direct ferry was fully booked or you just want to visit Stari Grad, you can also go from the port to Hvar town by taxi.
Taxi rates start from 250 KN (€33) for the 30-minute ride. As with most tourist destinations, please beware that taxi drivers on Hvar Island will try to charge higher prices. Make sure to negotiate a fixed price first before getting onboard.
If you’re not in a hurry, you can take a bus. The bus journey also just takes 30 minutes, but departures aren’t as frequent. There is a 1-hour interval in the morning and 2 to 3-hour interval in the afternoon and evening. A bus ticket is much cheaper though at 27 KN (€4).
Ferry from Split to Hvar via Jelsa
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes Cost: 55 KN (7.50) + 370 KN (€50) for a taxi
Another way to reach Hvar town from Split is through Jelsa. This is an option we recommend only if the ferries to Hvar town are fully booked. Note that this option is also only available for foot passengers and is not a cary ferry.
Step 1: Split to Jelsa by Ferry
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes Cost: 55 KN (€7.50)
Jadrolinija operates the only ferry from Split to Jelsa. Travel time is 1.5 hours and a ticket costs 55 KN (€7.50). Note that this catamaran makes a short stop at Bol on the island of Brac before heading to Jelsa on Hvar Island.
1 hour 40 minutes
55 KN (€7.50)
It’s best to book your ticket online beforehand via the Jadrolinija website for guaranteed seats.
This ferry from Stari Grad will arrive on the north coast of Hvar Island. From here, Hvar town is located some 26km southwest of Jelsa. A 30-minute taxi ride is your only option to get from Jelse to Hvar town. Fares start from 370 KN (€50).
Private Ferry from Split to Hvar Island
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes Cost: 2,830 KN (€378)
If you’re travelling with a group and are coming from Split Airport, you can also consider taking a private transfer. This journey between Split and Hvar won’t be cheap, but at least it’s a very convenient way if you are with a group..
From Split Airport, a driver will transfer you via a minivan to the port, where you’ll then board a private speedboat from Split directly to Hvar town. The only thing you’ll need to do is present your passport or ID card to prove your identity.
BookAway offers a private speedboat from Split to Hvar Island that can accommodate up to 7 persons. This costs 2,830 KN (€378) and the journey takes around 1 hour 10 minutes.
Joining organized group tours is also a popular activity to combine a visit in Split and Hvar. Especially if you don’t plan to stay long on the island of Hvar.
Day tour from Split to the island of Hvar
Island-hopping as a day trip is a popular activity for travellers in Croatia. You’ll get to visit at least 3 other islands before or after exploring Hvar town with a guide. There is a wide selection of tours you can choose from, each offering different inclusions: day tour ferries with snorkelling gears or a full-day catamaran cruise with snacks and drinks, among others.
Day trips begin at the Split Harbour. Your next stop depends on which tour you take. GetYourGuide offers 11-hour tours with rates from 680 KN (€96) per person. If you want a guaranteed visit to the Blue Cave though, we recommend booking with BookAway with rates from 846 KN (€113).
Night tour from Split to Hvar Island
Hvar Island is especially beautiful during the day, but it comes even more alive at night. This island that never sleeps is a favourite party destination – including Hollywood celebrities and British monarchs.
While day trips from Split to island of Hvar involve island-hopping, night tours are all about club-hopping. Your ferry or motorboat will take you straight to Hvar Island, where you can have dinner before setting off on a night to remember.
Reminder: the minimum age for the party tours is 18, minors are not allowed. Confirm with your tour organizer beforehand what time you have to be back at the ferry because if you are not there at the designated time, they will leave you behind. We hope you’re not too drunk to find your way to the port though!
With GetYourGuide, you can book this party tour from Split to Hvar Island for 605 KN (€80).
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The pops of colour, in amongst the predominately white rooms, give them a fresh and clean feel. Opt for a studio apartment and you’ll get your own kitchenette with a coffee machine and microwave.
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